• Subject: AS/400 .vs. NT
  • From: Jim Langston <jlangston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 16:41:41 -0800
  • Organization: Conex Global Logistics Services, Inc.

I buy a dumb terminal for $500, and that's what it costs me for years,
it breaks down or gets too faint to read.

I buy a PC for $700 or $800 and it costs me a lot more than that over
years.  I have to buy Office for it, I have to upgrade the OS, I have to
time to get the right drivers for it, I have to go fix it when it
work anymore, I have to set up maintenance on it since the users never
I have to upgrade the memory, HD, CPU, etc, etc...

That $700/$800 PC costs a LOT more than a dumb tube.  True cost of
ownership on a PC is relatively high.

There are places, though, where a PC is required, where a dumb tube just

won't do.  Eventually, though, all our dumb tubes will be going PCs, and
at that
point I don't think we're going to be able to cope as a one person MIS
department anymore, bringing the cost of ownership even higher.


Jim Langston

Alan Campin wrote:

> <SNIP>
> As to fairly expensive, you buy a PC workstation for $700.00 and
> with a 64MB of memory, fast hard drive, good video and a 400 or 450
> processor and we buy refurbish to get even a better price. PC are
> incredibly cheap.


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